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Something for the Weekend in London: October 26-28

Matilda Egere-Cooper

weekend 300x225 Something for the Weekend in London: October 26 28The last weekend of October came round pretty fast, but we’re not mad – it gives you the chance to try out the new Hawksmoor on Air Street, enjoy amazing animation at a festival at Barbican, celebrate the new Bond flick in style or simply goggle at the kind of street art that’ll take your breath away…

FRIDAY

CINEMA: Skyfall Opening Night at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

How much: FREE (but not including cinema ticket)

They say: “Book your tickets to see Skyfall on opening night and from 7pm to 9pm enjoy our free special pre and post screening entertainment in our bar. With a DJ providing some of the best tracks from the Bond series, why not Skyfall into a martini created by a professional mixologist before or after your film. Prizes will be awarded to the suavest James Bond and Bond Girl lookalike, plus a handful of lucky cinemagoers will find a surprise under their seat…” Rich Mix

Info: www.richmix.org.uk

ARTS & CULTURE: London International Animation Festival at The Barbican, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

How much: From £10.50

They say: Founded in 2003, LIAF aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world, as well as retrospectives and specialised sessions from countries and animators who don’t normally elicit such attention” LIAF

Info: www.liaf.org.uk

SATURDAY

ARTS & CULTURE: High Roller Society presents: Stinkfish’s ESPINA (thorn), 10 Palmers Road E2 0SY

How much: FREE

They say: “Using materials salvaged from the street, discarded photographs, magazines and old album covers, Stinkfish presents “Espina”, part of the inventory of his street portraits, a page of this family album of anonymous characters. STINKFISH is a full-time street artist. Born in Mexico City, he has been living in Bogota, Colombia since his childhood. He has brought his work on the streets around the world, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, England, Spain, Holland, France and Germany” High Roller Society

Info: www.highrollersociety.com

ARTS & CULTURE: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre, National Theatre, Cottesloe, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX (ends on October 27th)

How much: From £12

We say: Playwright Simon Stephens’ play (based on the bestselling novel originally written by Mark Haddon) bears the hallmarks of an award-winner. New ideas are brought in as contemporary dance is incorporated into the minimal staging that puts the spotlight onto the actors and not an elaborate set, as some plays do.

Info: www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

SUNDAY

MUSIC: Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Mecca & The Soul Brother 20th Anniversary Tour, Jazz Cafe, 10 Parkway, Camden Town NW1 7PG

How much: £28.25

They say: “Responsible for some of hip-hops finest moments Pete rock & CL Smooth re-unite for a rare and exclusive London residency to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary debut album Mecca And The Soul Brother. The NY duo made their debut in the rap world in 1991, wowing the world with CLs distinctive flow matched with a perfect delivery and Petes signature horn loops” Jazz Cafe

Info: venues.meanfiddler.com

EAT & DRINK: Hawksmoor Air Street, 5A Air Street, W1J 0AD

How much: VARIOUS

We say: These steakhouse kings are adding a fourth locale to their portfolio – but this time, fish is the name of the game (and to test how it all goes down, they’re soft launching until October 31st, offering 50% off food. Make a reservation by e-mailing airstreet@thehawksmoor.com with your name, date time of your booking (lunch or dinner), number of guests, an e-mail address and your telephone number, and hopefully you’ll get an exclusive look before they open on November 1st.

Info: thehawksmoor.com

For more things to do in London, visit www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

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